Rep. Robyn Vining Introduces “Epi Access” Legislation
MADISON – Today, State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa), State Representative Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), and State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) introduced the “Epi Access” bill to make epinephrine more accessible and affordable in Wisconsin. The first part of the bill directs the Department of Health Services to use general purpose revenue (GPR) to stock every ambulance in Wisconsin with epinephrine auto-injectors, because not every ambulance can stock them due to cost. The second part of this bill allows pharmacists to substitute a less costly epinephrine product for patients, unless a prescriber indicates otherwise. Rep. Vining released the following statement in regards to this legislation:
“Wisconsinites want their healthcare to be high quality, affordable, and accessible. This is true for all aspects of the healthcare system, and this legislation seeks to accomplish that for those who require epinephrine to survive.
“Families should not have to make this impossible choice between necessary health care and other needs. This legislation will improve access in our communities and give families more affordable options for epinephrine.”
Rep. Vining represents the 14th Assembly District, which includes parts of Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and Milwaukee. For more information, visit Rep. Vining’s website here.